|Claude G. Loiselle
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 5.29.63 Ottawa, Ontario
|How he arrived: Traded by the Detroit Red Wings for Tim Higgins, 6.25.86
How he left: Traded to the Quebec Nordiques with Joe Cirella and Devils' 8th round pick in the 1990
E.D. for Walt Poddubny and Nordiques' 4th round pick in the 1990 E.D., 6.17.89
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Loiselle was a highly-skilled 2-way player in juniors. As a pro, his defensive game didn't miss a beat, eventually
growing into a dependable checking line center wherever he went, and his offensive game, while points production was
nowhere near what he achieved with the Windsor Spitfires, was reliable enough to where he could be used on the power
play once in a while.
The only thing missing was a fulltime gig. He had split time between Detroit and their AHL team in Glens Falls for 4
seasons when the trade to New Jersey happened. He finally got to the NHL to stay while a Devil, and his versatility
proved valuable with them.
This stay, like his other stays with Quebec, Toronto, and the Islanders, were never for very long, only a couple seasons
on average. In the case of the Islanders, that was cut short because of an ACL tear in his left knee, ultimately forcing
him to retire in 1994.
During his time with the Islanders, he started studying law at McGill university. He would get his degree in 1998, and
was admitted to the New York Bar the same year.
He did hold a job with the League in the Hockey Operations Department for about 5 years around the turn of the
century. He later worked in the Tampa Bay Lightning system as an assistant GM, with his main responsibility being the
GM of their AHL team, the Norfolk Admirals. In 2010, he became an AGM for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he
stayed until 2014.
During his time with the Leafs, there was also a rumor going around that he was gonna be the man to replace Pierre
Gauthier as GM of the Montreal Canadiens. Ultimately, that job went to Marc Bergevin.
After a year off, he joined the Arizona Coyotes as a hockey operations consultant.
|Entry Draft: 1981 Second Round Pick (23rd overall) by the
Detroit Red Wings
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise